Situated in the mouth of Tampa Bay and surrounded by miles of dense development, this green gem of an island is a target for many migrant songbirds that cross the Gulf of Mexico.
April is the peak month for northward songbird migration and on a good day at Ft. De Soto birders may see hundreds of warblers, buntings, thrushes, grosbeaks, orioles, grosbeaks, etc.
Weather is a key factor, however, and some days there may be more birders than birds, but it’ll be fun, either way.
Because it’s a bit of a drive to get there, participants should plan on a long day. Definitely pack a lunch!
This trip is limited to 15 people and has a cost of $10 per person per trip for Orange Audubon Society members. Cost is $15 per person for non-members.
Reservations are required and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis the week prior to the trip. For trip questions or reservations call Bob Sanders at (407) 454-0542. Also note that the start time is approximate. Bob will tell you the correct meeting time and place.
Note that just hitting RSVP here on this Meetup site is not an adequate RSVP. You must call Bob for this and other "Limited Edition" field trips. This is a popular one and will fill up, so if interested, don't delay.
Note that the member rate for Limited Edition field trips means not just being a member of this Meetup Group but the actual Orange Audubon Society. Membership cost is $20, which entitles you to membership in Florida Audubon and National Audubon at the same time. You can join Orange Audubon Society by bringing a check to Bob on the day of the field trip. He will have membership forms to fill out.